TimeBanks USA's mission is tonurture and expand a movement that promotes equality and builds caring community economies through inclusive exchange of time and talent.
TimeBanks USA is a non-profit that has created a network of TimeBanks. TimeBanks USA is involved is a multitude of different policy and social issues including: health policy, veterans’ issues, education, restorative justice, homelessness and poverty, and local DC community issues.
Each independent TimeBank uses a medium of exchange to build networks-for-good in communities. For every hour of help given, a TimeBank member earns one credit. TimeBanking builds on the magic of “pay it forward,” one good turn leading to another and another and another. Through pay-it-forward, TimeBanking joins unused resources in a community to needs that are not being met.
The idea is simple: I earn a time credit by doing something for you. It doesn’t matter what that “something” is. You turnaround and earn a time credit doing something for someone else. For example, an hour of gardening equals an hour of child-care equals an hour of dentistry equals an hour of home repair equals an hour of teaching someone to play chess.